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Definition of recant verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

recant

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈkænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkænt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recant
BrE BrE//rɪˈkænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkænt//
 
he / she / it recants
BrE BrE//rɪˈkænts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkænts//
 
past simple recanted
BrE BrE//rɪˈkæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkæntɪd//
 
past participle recanted
BrE BrE//rɪˈkæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkæntɪd//
 
-ing form recanting
BrE BrE//rɪˈkæntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkæntɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] recant (something) (formal) to say, often publicly, that you no longer have the same belief or opinion that you had before Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin recantare ‘revoke’, from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare ‘sing, chant’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recant